Sarah Colt


Sarah Colt is an independent documentary filmmaker who has been working in public television for nearly two decades. Her credits include an Emmy-nominated biography of Walt Disney, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which aired in September 2015 as part of PBS’s history series American Experience, “Henry Ford,” a two-hour biography for American Experience, “A Nation Reborn” and “A New Light” for PBS’s Frontline and American Experience special series God in America, and “Geronimo,” part four of the PBS special series on native history, We Shall Remain.  Her most recent project, a two-hour film about the Gilded Age, aired on PBS on February 6, 2018.

Before starting her own company in 2008, she worked for David Grubin Productions, where she produced the highly acclaimed biography “RFK,” and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Science, Nature, and Technology for co-producing “The Secret Life of the Brain,” a five-part series. Some of her other producing credits include “Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm” and “Making Schools Work with Hedrick Smith.” In 2004 Colt was awarded an International Reporting Project Fellowship through Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and traveled to Namibia to report on the racial imbalance of land ownership in Southern Africa.

Colt attended Harvard University where she began her documentary career as a still photographer and earned several prizes for her work, including a Radcliffe Traveling Fellowship that enabled her to spend a year living in Zimbabwe. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Helen Ryan Dobrowski


Helen Ryan Dobrowski has worked with Sarah Colt for over nine years, most recently producing The Gilded Age. Her previous projects with Sarah Colt Productions include Walt Disney, Henry Ford, episodes three and four of God in America, and The Polio Crusade. She has been involved in the research, fundraising, and production of the Co-op City project since its inception, and also works as a freelancer specializing in archival and content research, licensing, and production for Boston and New York City-area producers. Dobrowski came to Sarah Colt Productions from Boston College, her alma mater, where she worked in University Advancement Marketing and Communications. In 2005, she was awarded the Costa-Gavras Social Justice Award for her work with Film Studies chair and professor John Michalcyzk on a segment of his series on disabilities titled I’m In Here.

Josh Gleason


Josh Gleason is the co-director of the forthcoming Sarah Colt Productions feature documentary, American Dreams. Previously, he directed multiple episodes of Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots, and worked as a producer on various other documentary programs, including Showtime’s The Circus and PBS’ American Experience. He has also reported and produced stories for This American Life, All Things Considered and other nationally broadcast NPR shows. His 2011 longform radio documentary, Losing My Religion, which followed a hasidic man who had recently left the fold, aired on WNYC, WBEZ’s Re:Sound, and KCRW’s Unfictional.

Michael Haviland


Mike Haviland is a New York City-based producer and writer of nonfiction television and digital content. Prior to joining the Sarah Colt Productions team, Mike wrote and produced hours of programming for CNN, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery and National Geographic Channel. He has produced digital content for leading brands and organizations including the American Lung Association, Comcast and Lambda Legal.

Emily Schuman

Associate Producer

Emily Schuman is an associate producer with Sarah Colt Productions where she is currently working on the feature-length documentary American Dreams (wt). Previously, Emily was an associate producer for Zero Point Zero where she worked alongside Director David Petersen on a feature-length documentary, The Witmans, about social justice. Prior to that, Emily was an associate producer on season six of The Mind of a Chef for PBS. Emily is also a member of IATSE Local 600 camera assistants.

Stephanie Leke

Associate Producer

Stephanie Leke is a writer and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has studied writing through UCLA’s Writers Extension Program, the Gotham Writers Workshop, and in the advanced study sketch program at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Earlier this year, she co-wrote the mockumentary short film Nationals, which was produced and premiered as part of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge in NYC and slated for digital release this summer. Her writing has been published on Upworthy, Broadly, and Femsplain. Her scripted work can be seen monthly at The Pit Loft with her Boogiemanja sketch comedy team, New Kid.

Isaree Thatchaichawalit

Production Assistant

Isaree Thatchaichawalit is a recent honors graduate of the University of St Andrews, with a degree in psychology. Throughout high school and college, she was heavily involved in student journalism, taking on several editorial positions. Her first original short film, “Water Ways”, won second prize at Culture Y 2018, a student art show celebrating multiculturalism. Isaree started at Sarah Colt Productions as an intern in 2016, before returning as a fact checker for The Gilded Age. She now joins the team as a production assistant.

Nathan Manley

Assistant Editor

Nathan has held many production positions over the years both in the field as a Location Sound Recordist and more recently in post-production as an Assistant Editor, Post Production Supervisor and Technical Director. Sound credits include HBO, Miramax, Disney, Showtime, Sony Pictures, CBS, ESPN, Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, Sears, Sephora and many more. Assistant Editor credits include The First 48, After the First 48, The Killer Speaks, Nick Mom Night Out, Half the Sky, Marina Abromovic: The Artist is Present, Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. Technical Director credits include A Path Appears, Soundbreaking, Soundtracks, We The Voters, Humanity on the Move: Sky and Ground, Los Commandos and Towards the North, World Bank WeVolve Campaign, Religions for Earth Campaign, among others.


Jeanine Hall

Jeanine Hall has over 10 years of experience in financial operations management. She received her Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University after completing her BFA with a focus in Sculpture. Her experience includes managing annual budgets of up to $10M for non-profit arts organizations, small businesses, and start-ups in New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; and Pittsburgh, PA.